Days after the incident which led to the death of an allegedly expelled student, Ahmed Amoo, of the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) in the Ikorodu campus of the school, the security guard that shot the victim has spoken.
According to Ogunseunwo Ademola, a guard attached to the school, he shot the victim in the leg while he attempted to escape after he had robbed some students of their valuables in the school premises.
Narrating the incident to New Telegraph, Ademola who was arrested by the operatives of the Lagos State Police Command alongside Rilwanu Adewale and Aiyewumi Daniel said: “I was just doing my job as a security officer. I have been working with the school for over two years now. The worst part of the matter is that some of these cultists are not students of our school. They come from other schools to terrorise our students and lecturers.”
He continued that: “On February 21, I was on duty when I suddenly noticed students and lecturers running up and down in the school compound. I saw some of the boys that belonged to cult groups in the area. They were inside the campus and were terrorising everyone.
“Other security officers and I were able to catch some of the boys. As we were questioning them, to know their mission in the school and also to retrieve some of the property they had collected from some students, Amowo Hammed escaped. We ordered him to stop, but he refused; I then shot his leg.”
Meanwhile, the spokesperson of the school, Mr. Olanrewaju Kuye, explained that on the day the incident occurred, some students alerted the institution’s security personnel that cult members had invaded the school. “The security officers had to chase the cult members out of the campus; but when they got there, they discovered another set of cult groups approaching from the adjourning village to attack our students.
“Upon sighting our security men, the cultists began to shoot at will. Our security men had no choice but to retaliate. Bullet got one of the cultists later identified as Amoo Ahmed. He was a former student of our school. He was expelled for examination malpractice,” he said.
Kuye added that but for the prompt response of the institution’s security personnel, many students would have lost their lives in the attack.
He said that although the school management was making effort to get Ademola released from police custody, but the management also realised that the police must be allowed to do their job.
The State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi, said that the Divisional Police Officer (DPO), in charge of Shagamu Road Divisional Headquarters, received a distress call that Ademola, attached to Lagos State Polytechnic Security Department, shot and killed Ahmed, a suspected cultist which made other members go on the rampage.
“Rilwanu Adewale and Aiyewumi Daniel were arrested with the combined efforts of SARS Ikorodu and local vigilante group based in Ikorodu. One locally-made double-barrelled gun was recovered from the cultists. They confessed that the gun belonged to their group leader, aka Clear, now at large. The case is under investigation. The suspects will soon be charged to court,” Imohimi said.